Automotive award

Complex machined castings specialist Grainger & Worrall’s commitment to industry and the engineers of the future has been recognised through an international automotive sector award.The company held off strong competition to take the Apprenticeship Programme category at the Automotive Global Awards, which were staged at the London’s Savoy Hotel. The Apprenticeship Programme award recognises the company which has implemented the most comprehensive, exciting and beneficial apprenticeship programme, encompassing both the apprentices and those who train them and support their development.
For further information www.gwcast.com

Apprentice open evening

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry has invited the engineers of the future to look at apprenticeship opportunities available in its Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC). With the plan of recruiting nearly 100 apprentices to start in September 2019, the AMTC is holding an apprentice open event in December that will provide potential trainees with an insight into the centre’s apprenticeship programme.
The apprentice open evening will be held on 6 December between 17:00 and 19:30, and pupils, parents, careers advisors, teachers and college staff are all welcome.
For further information https://the-amtc.co.uk

Over 750 attend Seco’s ITI event

Seco Tools (UK) reports that its ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ (ITI) event, which took place at the company’s Technology Centre recently, was a huge success, with over 750 visitors attending the over two days.Some 16 machining demonstrations took place. Each one focused on an actual or representative customer part, and involved a number of technical partners working together and harmonising their technologies to develop the machining process. Seco provided the cutting tools for all 16 demonstrations.

Other highlights at ITI 2108 included: nine seminars, each led by an industry expert and each covering, in some depth, a relevant and topical manufacturing issue; eight best-practice tutorials focusing, in the main, on the best-practice machining of stainless steels, titanium and nickel-based alloys; and over 40 technical partners showcasing their latest products, services and technology solutions to visitors.
For further information www.secotools.com

Trumpf records best year in company history

Trumpf has released its financial statements for the 2017/18 fiscal year, showing thatsales rose by 14.6% to almost €3.6bn – the highest figure in company history since its foundation in 1923. Also, profits are up by 52.3% to €514m, while thegroup-wide workforce grew by 12.9% to 13,420. Orders received increased 12.5% to €3.8bn. The company’s largest business division, Machine Tools, increased sales by 11.3%, whilethe Laser Technology division achieved sales growth of 21.5%. Germany was the largest single market for Trumpf, followed by China and the USA.
For further information www.trumpf.com

Aberlink provides VES with pace and precision

Based in Crewkerne, Somerset, VES Precision was established in 1991 to provide a range of precision engineering and subcontract machining services to local companies such as Westland Helicopters (now Leonardo Helicopters) and Normalair Garrett (now Honeywell Aerospace), both of which are located in nearby Yeovil.

Recent substantial investments in advanced, high-yield machine tools have enabled VES Precision to significantly increase its output. As this rise in production had started to place a strain on the company’s inspection provision, VES quality assurance manager Steve Trigg recently investigated CNC CMMs.

After evaluating the merits of CMMs from several leading manufacturers, an Axiom Too HS machine was purchased from Aberlink.

“As our new Aberlink CMM is very easy to use, soon after its installation our operators were up and running,” says Trigg.“In addition to the Axiom Too HS’s improved accuracy specification being able to accommodate high-precision parts, the machine’s automated CNC nature and speed of operation has resulted in considerably quicker throughput in our inspection department.

“Not only has the Axiom Too HS satisfied our current inspection requirements, our new CMM’s speed will enable it to handle any foreseeable increases in production,” he adds.“Also, its accuracy specification will enable the inspection of the most demanding of our components now in the future.”

Available in several capacity variants, the Axiom Too HS boasts an aluminium bridge with a very low thermal mass, making it suitable for use ineither controlled environments or within less than perfect shop-floor conditions. For increased accuracy, air bearings of optimised stiffness are employed on all axes, while a granite Y beam allows the preloading of bridge bearings in both directions.
For further information www.aberlink.com